Sporting wheelchairs, how can I choose the right one?

By 28 May, 2019 Uncategorized

If you have decided to enrol an adapted sport or you are already performing a specific one, you should be duly equipped. It is essential to have a wheelchair adapted to the type of sport you are practising. Because not every sport is the same and each one requires a different type of chair, we are going to deal with the different types of adapted sporting wheelchairs that there are available in this post and we are also going to give you some advice regarding how to pick the right one.

A sporting wheelchair for each activity

Many sporting disciplines are performed with a wheelchair nowadays such as basketball, cycling, tennis, rugby, etc. each one of them has different characteristics and therefore, the wheelchair needs to adapt to them and be equipped with some features such as speed, broad and easy turn and stability…

Each sporting wheelchair will be shaped in a certain way and will be equipped with certain accessories which ease movement to the sport person. Its design and technology is complex and it has to be adapted to both the person and the type of sport performed. Usually titanium and aluminium are the most used materials so they are lighter.

We are going to tell you now which features you should consider in order to choose a sporting wheelchair.

Sporting wheelchairs for basketball

You should consider the following essential features when choosing a wheelchair for basketball: it has to be equipped with a hard frame and a roll-over protection system.

For cycling: handbikes

Sporting wheelchairs for cycling are known as handbikes. A handbike should be light, hard and resistant.

Sporting wheelchair for tennis

Both for tennis and paddle tennis, an ideal sporting wheelchair should have a light frame, a belt to ensure the maximum fastening, a gravity centre adjustment system and two options for the angle of the rear wheels (16° y 20°) which will provide stability and easy turns.

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